Hunger in America

Hunger in America 2010 is the largest, most comprehensive report ever conducted on emergency food distribution. This is the first research study to capture the significant connection between the recent economic downturn and an increased need for emergency food assistance. The number of children and adults in need of food as a result of experiencing food insecurity has significantly increased. Nationally, Feeding America collected quantitative and qualitative feedback from 61,000 face-to-face in-depth interviews with people seeking emergency food assistance and more than 37,000 agencies.

 

The Hunger in America 2010 study was designed to provide a comprehensive profile of the extent and nature of hunger and food insecurity as experienced by people who access Feeding America's national network of charitable feeding agencies.  Information was collected on clients' sociodemographic characteristics, including income and employment, benefits from SNAP and other federal or private programs, frequency of visits to emergency feeding sites, and satisfaction with local access to emergency food assistance.  Information obtained from provider agencies included size of programs, services provided, sources of food, and adequacy of food supplies.

 

Click here for a summary of local findings

 

Click here for the full national report

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